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Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

No: Brachytherapy is not a standard form of therapy for bladder cancer. The treatment options for bladder include radical surgery or chemotherapy with radiation. Brachytherapy is a very good option for select patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can brachytherapy in the pelvic area cause menopause? I’ve heard it can and i’m having brachytherapy for bladder cancer. Will this cause menopause?

Can brachytherapy in the pelvic area cause menopause? I’ve heard it can and i’m having brachytherapy for bladder cancer. Will this cause menopause?

Yes: It all depends on how much radiation reaches the ovaries, and how close to menopause you are. With brachytherapy we can't really say with certainty that you will or will not go into menopause. You just have to try it to find out. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1980 and one treatment with BCG 1990, since then one tumor and haven't had tumor since 2000. Do i need a cysto ?

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1980 and one treatment with BCG 1990, since then one tumor and haven't had tumor since 2000. Do i need a cysto ?

Maybe: I think you can avoid a cystoscopy if you do not have any symptoms and your urinalysis is normal. Also, I would base it on your original pathology. If it was a low grade tumor you can hold off. You could do a urine cytology, urine sample looking for abnormal cells, to insure there is no evidence of a more aggressive tumor. ...Read more

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What are the current treatment options for bladder cancer?

What are the current treatment options for bladder cancer?

Surgery: Depending on the stage and type of bladder cancer, treatment will vary. This includes observation, instilling medicines into the bladder (bcg), radical surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The appropriate treatment will be dependent on the stage, type of cancer, and patient preference. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for bladder cancer in men?

What is the most effective treatment for bladder cancer in men?

Removal of cancer: Resection of tumor followed by intravesicle (in the bladder) medication is standard if care. If its in the muscle removing the bladder or chemo/radiation to try for cure. For more: www.Peedoc.Com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Please explain BCG bladder cancer treatment.?

Please explain BCG bladder cancer treatment.?

Immune system based: Bcg is a weakened bacteria in the family of germs that causes tuberculosis. In bladder cancer, it is believed that interactions of BCG and molecules in the cellular structure of the bladder itself induces an immune-mediated response which can cause superficial cancers of the bladder to regress and can delay or prevent recurrence in many cases. It is usually given weekly for 6 weeks to start. ...Read more

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Is BCG bladder cancer treatment effective or not?

Is BCG bladder cancer treatment effective or not?

Yes: In fact after removal of superficial bladder cancer (not invasive), the standard of care is BCG injections in the bladder for 6 weeks. It is very effective in reducing recurrence. ...Read more

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Is BCG treatment for bladder cancer the same as chemotherapy?

Is BCG treatment for bladder cancer the same as chemotherapy?

No: Bcg is a topical therapy that is essentially a type of immune based therapy applied only to bladder cells. Traditional chemotherapy is given intravenously and thus all body cells are exposed. Some chemotherapy drugs can be given topically like BCG and probably exert their effect via typical cancer cell-killing compared to immune stimulating effects of BCG similarly administered. ...Read more

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If my bladder cancer recurrence after BCG treatment, what is the next option?

Various options: There are a number of factors, including the original pathology, how quickly you recurred, the type of recurrence, etc. In my practice, i will often give a second round of bcg other options include: bcg plus interferon mitomycin c thiotepa valrubicin and of course cystectomy. ...Read more

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For a 70-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, is BCG a reasonable 1st treatment?

For a 70-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, is BCG a reasonable 1st treatment?

Maybe: Bcg is a first good step but depends on the biopsy specimen. Bcg is standard treatment for certain types of bladder cancer and if the patient meets those criteria, then it is a good first step. It is not necessarily dependent on age. ...Read more

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Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


Dr. Peter Grimm
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Implant Radiation (Definition)

Sources are placed into an internal organ, wither permanently or temporarily. Cervix cancer commonly has "endocavitary" brachytherapy implants as part of curative management. Certain prostate cancers can be treated with radioactive isotopes of iodine or palladium. The idea is surrounding healthy tissue ...Read more